Half-Life 2: Short Stories is a team working on a group of modifications that take place in the same realm. A lot of the focus is on the story and gameplay, new innovative set pieces and puzzles. After the release of the first episode of Human Error, the team is planning to release more episodes and expand the characters and the world.

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Human Error is ready, and we're releasing it on either Sunday or Monday, pending on whether or not we are satisfied with the pineapple model. It's taken us two years, but we've finally wrapped up our debut 'short story'. We sincerely hope you do not dislike it intensely and that you actually like it a great deal.

Posted by Au-heppa on Feb 6th, 2010

Human Error is ready, and we're releasing it on either Sunday or Monday, depending on whether or not we are satisfied with the pineapple model. It's taken us two years, but we've finally wrapped up our debut 'short story'. We sincerely hope you do not dislike it intensely and that you actually like it a great deal.

Give us a shout if you're interested in helping us host it on release - we'd appreciate it. In order to mark this occasion, we're unveiling This Is Larson. The video should hopefully give you a good idea of what to expect from Human Error. It’s available on youtube and here on moddb.


Thanks to Jonathan Lewis for making the music, and Phillip Marlowe, who voices Larson, for agreeing to do the vocals. We hope to have many more absurd things for him to do in the future.

About Larson

Voice Actor: Phillip 'PlanetPhillip' Marlowe
Larson is a buffoon. Thoroughly unaware of his own unreserved stupidity, he persists as the bumbling fool of the Civil Protection team; disliked, scorned, and viewed to be wholly ignominious by his partners in crime.

Larson joined Civil Protection to survive, in what was perhaps his only moment of lucid thought. He wasn’t entirely sure what he had signed up for, but the steady supply of food coupons and the nice man on the monitors soon convinced him he had made the right choice. Gradually, he began to nurture the budding seeds of idealism – he had, for the first time in his life, been given a role of significant authority, and rather than believe he to be an oppressor, was more inclined to think of his position as serving a greater good. The Combine, he argued, was surely not all that bad. Larson proclaimed the clue was in the name: Civil Protection; and was quite content with his own deductive analysis.

Ultimately, Larson was re-located to a Scandinavian town of some importance to the Combine. Larson believed this to be a reward for his own subservience, but it was quite the contrary – his team at City 8 had entered his name into the re-location gamble for months on end, finally hitting jackpot when it was announced he was to be re-located.

Despite appearances, it must be recognised that Larson is a dangerous, unhinged little man. His zealous belief in the Combine has manifested itself in volatile ways; there is no school of thought or critical analysis of their occupation on Earth, he simply clings to a single, poorly-conceived idea. With this in mind, his attitude towards those who resist could be viewed as intolerant at best – he will shoot to kill. "Fucking savages."

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104 Feb 7 2010, 2:04am says:

Woot! Can't wait! And Larson sings good!

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Xenoshock
Xenoshock Feb 7 2010, 3:00am says:

Larson looks like a psychopat.

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Panzert
Panzert Feb 7 2010, 5:10am says:

Thought it was phillip :P

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$n!p3r
$n!p3r Feb 7 2010, 7:22am says:

nice

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Nicklan
Nicklan Feb 7 2010, 7:56am says:

Now thats some good voice acting.Better than the other video.

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Mr.Walrus
Mr.Walrus Feb 7 2010, 9:21am says:

Can't wait for it!

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Danboe
Danboe Feb 7 2010, 10:25am says:

Looking forward to it.
Also, Phillip sings pretty good. :P

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planetphillip
planetphillip Feb 7 2010, 10:42am replied:

You shouldn't post comments when you are stoned or drunk!

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jlewis
jlewis Feb 7 2010, 11:34am replied:

LOL nice.

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JohnnyMaverik
JohnnyMaverik Feb 7 2010, 1:21pm replied:

PHILLIP!!!!

...No idea where I'm going with this to be honest -_-

When you appearing on Podcast17 again?

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planetphillip
planetphillip Feb 7 2010, 1:27pm replied:

Looks like this week.

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JohnnyMaverik
JohnnyMaverik Feb 8 2010, 2:18pm replied:

Awesome, looking forward to both the game and the podcast then.

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Colossal
Colossal Feb 7 2010, 12:58pm says:

Ugly.

Also, nice, Phillip. :P

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk] Feb 7 2010, 1:48pm says:

Mod looks very mediocre at best, the song was great though.

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MadGodXD
MadGodXD Feb 7 2010, 2:43pm says:

looking good, i like the idea of Larson being delusional. nice voice acting as well

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awesomepossum Online
awesomepossum Feb 7 2010, 3:07pm says:

Awesome video, that was fantastic.

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jjawinte
jjawinte Feb 7 2010, 3:10pm says:

Looks like some good old fashioned conceptual originality. That and the
" theme song " make it a must play for me ! Looks quite promising.

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Croco15
Croco15 Feb 7 2010, 3:55pm says:

Nice, that was really good.

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m82sniper
m82sniper Feb 7 2010, 4:24pm says:

Yeah Phillip!

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Statora
Statora Feb 7 2010, 10:14pm says:

This is one of the best trailers iv'e ever seen, much better than those silly gameplay trailers.

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SPY-maps
SPY-maps Feb 8 2010, 7:03am says:

of course do i know that Phillip is a great voice actor, and beside that he has become (with his PlanetPhillip.com site) a huge databank for HL in generel.
but i never would have thought that we sing too, and so well !!

well done Phillip!

i was quit amazed by this video, i loved to see the combines standing in line on that podium while they make music. and the animations are very realistic of the guy who playes gitar, and the woman who drums !!

this is really something else !!

leon

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planetphillip
planetphillip Feb 8 2010, 8:55am says:

For those that are interested, and why wouldn't you be, it's now available from my site:
Planetphillip.com

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SolidFake
SolidFake Feb 8 2010, 10:10am says:

"Larson is a buffoon. Thoroughly unaware of his own unreserved stupidity, he persists as the bumbling fool of the Civil Protection team; disliked, scorned, and viewed to be wholly ignominious by his partners in crime."
Phillip fits this role PERFECTLY :D

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planetphillip
planetphillip Feb 8 2010, 10:28am replied:

The description and its similarity to my personal situation and the fact I was asked to voice him hasn't been lost on me.

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